After news broke today that Jaborian 'Tip' McKenzie, a former Vanderbilt player under indictment in connection with the alleged rape, was playing football at Alcorn State, the university has issued a statement, removing him from the Braves team:
Alcorn State University President Dr. M. Christopher Brown II announced today recently transferred student JaBorian McKenzie has been removed from the Alcorn Braves Football team roster until further notice.
"Alcorn failed to sufficiently examine the allegations against McKenzie before allowing him to participate in our football program," said President Brown. "In an effort to provide educational opportunities to a Southwest Mississippi student, Alcorn State University made an error in judgment."
President Brown added, "Participation in Alcorn State University intercollegiate athletics is a privilege and not a right. Intercollegiate athletics is an extracurricular forum for student engagement intended to provide an outlet for maturation, growth, and development. And McKenzie has been notified that the privilege to play has been withdrawn."
President Brown charged Mr. Marcus Ward, Vice President for Institutional Advancement with immediate review of all athletics operational policies, compliance procedures, and personnel authorizations.
Additionally, Campus Police Department will review with the Department of Student Services all campus policies related to student conduct and discipline. Furthermore, President Brown also requested a criminal history report for the campus and surrounding community.
"Alcorn State University maintains its commitment to academic excellence and student achievement. A safe campus environment and well-managed intercollegiate athletics unit is central to these ambitions," stated President Brown.
“We’ll just let the process take care of itself,” Hopson said. “And let the whole world figure out that this kid, from everything that I know, that this kid did absolutely nothing. So like I said, if somebody can tell me or show me where he did something, then I may sing a different song. But right now, from everything I know, everything that’s been shown to me through numerous phone calls and talking to many people involved in this case, I can’t find anything that says this kid is guilty.”